Amsterdam is known as the Venice of the North due to its charming canals and nearly 2,000 bridges, all connecting the 90 islands that make up this coastal city. In the Netherlands, also referred to as ‘Holland’, Dutch culture is general associated with winding canals, windmills and polders, wooden clogs, gorgeous brick buildings, and bicycling lifestyles.
Amsterdam: Holland’s Premier Cultural Hotspot
Amsterdam features the world’s oldest international stock exchange, established in 1602. This northern city with its lovely houseboats, open-minded attitudes, and typical 'bruine kroegen' has plenty to offer its visitors. Amsterdam is compact enough to navigate on foot. Depending on what you’re looking for, the city has a neighborhood for just about everyone, from the touristy Old Center with its monumental Dam Square, the infamous Red Light District, and vibrant Old Jewish Quarter. Or from the newly-developing Zuidas business and conference district to the upscale Jordaan, where enchanting courtyards and old-fashioned facades adorned with colorful stone tablets rub shoulders with hip restaurants and creative art studios. Amsterdam is one of the world’s most libertine and forward-thinking cities, a true gem waiting for you to discover.